The Upper House will always have a special place in my heart. I was taken to Café Gray Deluxe, the hotel’s famed restaurant, for my 26th birthday, and I thought it was the most beautiful, sophisticated, elegant place I’d ever visited. No matter how many times I’ve been since then, the hotel still retains its magical allure. It’s a firm favourite with local and international guests, many of whom will want to celebrate its 10-year anniversary this month.

The Upper House Hong Kong

Café Gray Deluxe Hong Kong

If you’re looking for an excuse to go back yourself, check out Café Gray’s wine-pairing celebration menu ($1,260/person). The four-course menu is available for the month of October 2019, and each dish is paired with a wine from the 2009 vintage.

Café Gray Deluxe Hong Kong

Seared foie gras and lentil salad

Wine pairing: Nyetimber, Classic Cuvée, Brut NV, Sussex, England

Café Gray Deluxe Hong Kong

Hokkaido scallops with Oscietra caviar

Wine pairing: Riesling, SA Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany, 2009

Café Gray Deluxe Hong Kong

Grilled red snapper with lavender Chardonnay jus*

Wine pairing: Chardonnay, Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux, Meursault Gouttes d’Or 1er Cru, Burgundy, France, 2009 (hands down my favourite – such a unique fruity yet nutty and buttery wine)

*The other option for the main is slow-braised veal cheek with saffron orzo paired with Merlot Blend, Château Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2009.

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Chocolate délice with espresso and amaretto

Wine pairing: Tawny Port, Taylor Fladgate 10 Year, Portugal


The food at Café Gray Greluxe is always elegant and exact, and this celebration menu showcases the best of what it does. It’d be just as good for a business lunch as for a date night. For those who plan to go with a large group, note that reservations for tables of 10 or more will receive a complimentary bottle of 1086 Rosé in magnum from British sparkling wine producer Nyetimber.

49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place 88, Queensway, Admiralty, 3968 1106, book online

This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.

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